Monthly community clean-ups planned for Oshawa’s downtown core

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Published July 30, 2021 at 3:57 pm

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Oshawa is asking for the public’s help in cleaning up the city’s downtown.

Community members, local organizations and businesses are encouraged to take part in monthly community clean-up events in downtown Oshawa and to organize neighbourhood or service group clean-ups, beginning on Saturday August 14.

The monthly Community Clean-Ups support the mandate of the Mayor’s Task Force on Community Safety, Security and Well-Being to help make cleaner neighbourhoods, parks, trails and greenspaces across the city, starting with the downtown core.

The program is taking a phased approach with downtown Oshawa as the first priority but any groups wanting to beautify their own neighbourhoods can also participate by pre-registering to receive disposable gloves and garbage bags.

Residents participating in the downtown community clean-ups are also required to pre-register in keeping with Covid-related protocols, including capacity limits for outdoor gatherings. To register, email [email protected], call 905-438-3146 or learn more by visiting www.oshawa.ca/community-clean-up.  

“I encourage all community members to join us for one of our organized community clean-up events or to plan one in your own neighbourhood,” said Oshawa Mayor Dan Carter. “Let’s work together to keep our downtown and neighbourhoods clean and welcoming for all.”

The monthly downtown clean-ups will begin at 10 a.m. Participants will be provided with disposable gloves and garbage bags and are asked to meet at the City Hall North Parkette at 10 a.m. Parking is free on weekends and the staff parking lot at City Hall will also be made available for participants.

Other clean-up days downtown are Saturday September 18 and Saturday October 16.

Another mandate of the task force, which was established in January, is to encourage residents and businesses to report safety concerns and other non-emergency issues – such as soliciting, loitering, garbage, graffiti and discarded needles – to Service Oshawa.

The If You See it, Report it! campaign asks people to report such activity to (905)-436-3311.

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